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Red Cross struggles to see prison where Ukrainian POWs died

Jul. 30, 2022 18:26 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian and Russian officials blamed each other Saturday for the deaths of dozens of Ukrainian prisoners of war in an attack on a prison in a separatist-controlled area. The International Red Cross asked to visit the prison to make sure the scores of wounded POWs had proper...

Russian energy corporation Gazprom cuts off gas to Latvia

Jul. 30, 2022 08:28 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's state-owned natural gas corporation said Saturday it has halted shipments to Latvia because of contract violations. In a brief statement, gas giant Gazprom said the shipments were stopped because Latvia broke “terms for extraction of gas.” It did not...

Cameroon becomes a go-to country for foreign fishing vessels

Jul. 27, 2022 03:30 AM EDT

DOUALA, Cameroon (AP) — Off the coast of West Africa, the Trondheim is a familiar sight: a soccer field-sized ship, plying the waters from Nigeria to Mauritania as it pulls in tons of mackerel and sardines — and flying the red, yellow and green flag of Cameroon. But aside from...

Latvia president supports reinstating military conscription

Jul. 12, 2022 10:05 AM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Latvia’s president said Tuesday that he supports a plan to reinstate national conscription for men, and for women on a voluntary basis. The draft could be reintroduced next year after a hiatus of over 15 years. President Egils Levits, who is the...

Live updates | Trudeau: Canada to up Latvia troop presence

Jun. 30, 2022 15:43 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The Latest on the final day of the NATO summit in Madrid: ___ Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government will increase Canada's troop presence in Latvia as part of NATO’s commitment to strengthen its deterrence measures along...

EXPLAINER: Why Russia-Lithuania tensions are rising

Jun. 22, 2022 13:32 PM EDT

New tensions between Moscow and the West are rising after Lithuania decided to halt the transport of some goods through its territory to the Russian region of Kaliningrad as part of European Union sanctions on the Kremlin. The Kremlin warns it will retaliate against the sanctions,...

Group of NATO leaders pledge support for Ukraine

Jun. 14, 2022 17:15 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The leaders of seven NATO nations from across Europe pledged their support Tuesday for Sweden and Finland's bids to join the alliance and for providing more heavy weapons to help Ukraine battle Russia. The support was voiced after an informal gathering...

Swedish, US troops drill on remilitarized Baltic Sea island

Jun. 12, 2022 02:42 AM EDT

VISBY, Sweden (AP) — Having to defend Gotland against a foreign invasion seemed such a far-fetched notion to Swedish decision-makers at the start of the century that they demilitarized the Baltic Sea island. Now, the Swedish Armed Forces are back, and they are practicing with U.S....

Poland to end state of emergency along border with Belarus

Jun. 09, 2022 11:37 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's government announced Thursday that it will lift a state of emergency on July 1 along its border with Belarus as it completes the construction of a wall aimed at stopping migrants and refugees. However, it will still ban people from getting within 200...

3 nations join international team probing Ukraine war crimes

May. 31, 2022 09:48 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Three more nations on Tuesday joined an international investigation team probing war crimes in Ukraine, and the International Criminal Court prosecutor said he plans to open an office in Kyiv, amid ongoing calls for those responsible for atrocities since Russia's...